April Book Haul.

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It’s that time of the month again when I post my book haul. I did forget two book in my photo (above) but I will include them in the post. By the time I realised I just couldn’t be bothered getting all the books back because I’d already put them away.

So, onto my haul. I got a total of 21 books in April and I’ve only read three. I have started another one from this haul today though.1

The first book I got was sent to me from HarperCollins New Zealand. Perfect is the sequel to Flawed, which came out last year and I loved. These are Ahern’s first YA books.

I haven’t read this yet but I am hoping to read it in May. I was hoping to get to it last month but I couldn’t fit it in.

I can’t really talk about Perfect without giving things away for those that haven’t read Flawed yet. If you haven’t read Flawed then I definitely recommend finding a copy. I couldn’t put it down when I read it.

The second book I received this month was a surprise from Pan Macmillan New Zealand. 2I was not expecting this at all. This is one of the three books I read this month from the books I hauled.

This is about an alien invasion and takes place in Australia. The invasion has a virus type thing that changes not only people but also plants and animals into this alien species? I don’t know. But they aren’t themselves anymore.

So when Callie finds out her little sister has started Changing she runs away to find this Zone to hopefully find help but what she does find will change her life.

I liked the story and I also want to know what’s next after the ending. That was a bit of a surprise. You can read my review of The Silent Invasion here3

The next three books were sent to me from Bloomsbury Australia to review.

I read When We Collided by Emery Lord last year and really enjoyed it so I’m looking forward to reading The Names they Gave Us soon. I don’t think this is out until June so I’m hoping to get this read soon but it’s not high on my TBR right now.

I can’t actually remember what this is about now but I liked the sound of it when I read the synopsis a couple of month ago.

I also think The Possible comes out in June so I’ll be reading this around the same time as 4I read The Names they Gave Us. I also can’t remember what this is about I did like the sound of this too when I read the synopsis.

Anyway, I’ve never read a book by Altebrando before but I did want to read The Leaving when it came out last year. I never got around to getting a copy. Maybe I will after I read this.

I love this cover though. My photo doesn’t really do it justice. It definitely looks better in person. If you can’t tell I’m just rambling now because I have no idea what to say. I really should get these done with the synopsis.5

The last book Bloomsbury Australia sent me to review was The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. This is another book I’ve actually read from this haul.

I will have my review of this up soon so I don’t want to talk about this too much. And I think I’ve got to be one of the very few people who haven’t read this series yet so I’m not going to go into what this book is about because I’ll probably just bore everyone.

I really enjoyed this and can’t wait to read The Mime Order. I’ll have to get a copy of that soon before I forget what happened in this one. 6

Hachette New Zealand sent me a copy of But Then I Came Back by Estelle Lure. This is the last book I’ve read from my April haul. I’ll also be reviewing this soon so I don’t want to say too much about it here.

This follows Eden whose been in a coma and wakes up to a different life. Or, she feels different, like a part of her is still in the ‘in between.’ I didn’t really know what to expect with this but it did enjoy it. It’s a bit weird in places but I think it just added to the story. Anyway, you can read more when I post my review.

7HarperCollins New Zealand also sent me a copy of The End of Oz to review. This is the last book in the Dorothy Must Die series. I think.

I started this today. I’m not that far into it yet, because I decided to post my book haul and this takes me forever, but I have liked what I read so far. I especially like that Madison is in this one more. I liked her in Yellow Brick War and am looking forward to seeing what happens to her now.

I’ve enjoyed this series, even though I have found the storyline predictable at times. I’m looking forward to seeing how the story ends.

I bought a hardback copy of Fangirl, which I haven’t read, from Book Depository because 8I saw it on there for $16 and I couldn’t resist. So I’ll be passing on my paperback copy so I have more room on my shelves.

I’m not in a huge rush to read this. I’ve had the paperback edition for a couple of years now and haven’t felt a real pull to read it but I will get to it one day.

I’ve heard good things about Fangirl but I’m not sure I want to read Carry On. I’ve heard mixed reviews on that one… Maybe I’ll see what I think when I actually read Fangirl. I did see a copy of Carry On for $5 but I didn’t get it. 9

I received a copy of Silver Stars from Hardie Grant to review. This is the second book in the Soldier Girl series. I read Front Lines in April and really enjoyed it. I’ll be posting a review of that soon.

These books take place in an alternate universe where young women have been called to fight in WW2. It’s a really interesting idea and I have really liked reading this. It’s a little frustrating with all the crap the girls have to put up with from men at that time and all the racism, sexism and prejudices of the 1940’s but it has to be included to make the story more real… I guess.

Allen and Unwin New Zealand sent me a copy of Avenged by Amy Tintera to review. This 10is the sequel to Ruined which I read and reviewed last year. I wasn’t sure if I’d like Ruined or not but I loved it and I cannot wait to read Avenged. Although I can’t stand the AU covers…

I’m hoping to read Avenged sometime in May. I’m not sure when yet but it’s definitely on my May TBR.

If you want to read my review for Ruined you can here. I think I might have to re-read Ruined before I can get to Avenged, which will really annoy me, but I might try to read my review first. 11

The next two books were sent to me from Walker Books Australia to review.

Finding Nevo follows Nevo as they come to terms with their sexuality, themselves as a person and transition. I’m going to read Finding Nevo this month but I did flip though it to find out which pronouns to use when I talked about Nevo and their book. Nevo prefers they/them and he/him pronouns so I’ll be using the they/them pronouns.

Fining Nevo sounds really good and I cannot wait to read it. It’s on my May TBR.

The other book Walker Books Australia sent me was Release by Patrick Ness. I can’t 12remember what this is about but I’ve really enjoyed most of the books I’ve read by Ness so I wanted to read this one too.

I think both Release and Finding Nevo are out at the start of May. Or even out today. I’m not really sure. But I will be reading both of them this month.

I have two other books by Ness sitting on my shelves that I haven’t read yet. I don’t know when I’ll get to them but hopefully sometime this year..

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This is the second book I bought in April. I saw a friend share that she bought a copy of The Bone Witch on Book Depository for $18 so I quickly found it and bought a copy too. I don’t know when I’ll read this but I’ve heard really good things about it so I’m hoping to read it soon-ish.

I think I need to mix up my reading a bit. Throw in some of my books in with the review books. I get into really bad reading slumps sometimes so I think if I read a book that’s been sitting on my shelves for years may help. It might not but there’s only one way to find out I guess. I hate reading slumps.

I also bought a copy of Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I saw this in a clearance 14bin for $5 and I couldn’t resist. I love this edition, the cover and spines are gorgeous. Now I just need to buy the first two books to have the trilogy.

I have read these books before but it’s been years. I’d love to read them again. I loved Will!!

I still don’t know if I should read the new series. I can’t even remember what it’s called. I was excited to read it when the first book came out last year but I never got around to it and now I’m just like “meh, I can’t be bothered.” If you think I should read whatever the new series is called let me know.

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Penguin Random House New Zealand sent me a copy of The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan to review. I loved The Hidden Oracle when I read it last year and cannot wait to read this one. I loved being back in Percy’s world and back at Camp Half-Blood.

I don’t want to say anything about The Dark Prophecy because it is a sequel and I don’t want to spoil anything for those that haven’t read The Hidden Oracle yet. And if you haven’t read The Hidden Oracle and are a fan of the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books then what are you waiting for?? You need to find a copy!

The last four books I received last month to review were from Bonnier Publishing 16Australia. I think two of these books are released this month, Fatal Crossing and The Hot Guy, and The Student is release in June? But I’m not 100% sure. And I don’t know when Resurrection Bay was released but it will be the first one I read out of these.

I’m really looking forward to reading Resurrection Bay ad Fatal Crossing, although the other two sound good as well, but these two are definitely high on my TBR.

I wanted to thank all the publishers (again) for sending me these books to review. I’m always grateful that I get to review books. Untitled

I wanted to share this last month at the end of my March book haul but I forgot. I got a Book Sac last month with left over birthday money and I love it! I’ve always wanted something to put my books in when I take them out in my bag because I have damaged a few.

I’ve wanted a book beau or whatever for ages but the shipping is always so expensive to New Zealand so I’m really happy that I found Book Sac. They’re located in Australia so the shipping isn’t that bad and was really fast.

My Alice in Wonderland Book Sac is so pretty and looks so much better in person. If you want to check out their store you can here. They open every Monday and Friday Australia time. I cannot recommend their products enough.

What books did you haul in April?

– Aimee.

 

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April 2016 Book Haul.

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At the start of April I decided not to buy many books this month because my March book haul was a little crazy. I was successful, I only bought three books and there rest were sent to me. It was so hard not buying the books I wanted but I am kind of proud of myself. 1

The first book I got this month was sent to me from Penguin Random House for me to review. It even came wrapped in this ribbon.

I haven’t read the first book in this series, which is called The City, which is why I haven’t read this yet. I got The City the other week from the library and have started it but I’m not that far in yet so I can’t really say much about it.

It is over 500 pages which I think is putting me off a little. I just finished reading a 700+ page book and wanted a break from big fantasy books but oh well. I’ll get there.

The next book I got this month was sent to me from Walker Books Australia to review. This 2is an advanced copy of The Moonlight Dreamers and it doesn’t come out until July so I’ll be reading this closer to the release date.

Siobhan Curham co-wrote (I’m not sure what the right term is) or was the ghost writer of Girl Online by Zoe Sugg. I read that last year and liked it but not enough to read the sequel. I think the ending to Girl Online was fine with out a sequel.

Anyway, The Moonlight Dreamers sounded like something I’d enjoy. This isn’t the final cover, the actual cover is really pretty. Although I do like this one too.

I bought The Wicked will Rise in a clearance sale. I borrowed a copy from my local library 3last year and read it after Dorothy Must Die but never got around to getting a copy of it until now.

With the third book in the series coming out I decided it was about time I got myself a copy.

I can’t remember much about The Wicked Will Rise so I don’t know if I should re-read the first two books before I read the next one or because I can remember the main parts I can just read Yellow Brick War. That what I did with Glass Sword, I should have re-read Red Queen but I didn’t and I picked it up eventually. I’m not sure yet.

The next book was sent to me from HarperCollins New Zealand for me to review4. I am really excited to read Yellow Brick War this month.

I haven’t decided when I’ll read it because I’m taking part in a Book Bingo over on Instagram (my first time so I’m getting excited for it) and I have to pick a book from a cup so it’s all random. But I will be reading it some time this month because it’s on my board.

I love the cover of this book. I think it’s my favourite in the series so far. The Wicked Will Rise was kind of boring. I love the hardback editions. They have this awesome thing under the dust jacket but my copies are paperbacks.5

These are the last books I bought in April. There was a buy one get one half price on YA books so I couldn’t really pass that up. Although next time I should really look into the books a bit more before I buy them.

I don’t have a problem with the Dorothy Must Die Stories. Other than I wish it was the same size as the other books. I haven’t read any of these novellas so I was excited when I saw this in the sale.

I didn’t know Pathfinder is a spin-off from another series by Angie Sage. I don’t know if I can read it or not because I haven’t read her other series. It only cost $3.50 so it’s not a big loss if I have to pass it on. 6

HarperCollins sent me Desolation to review. It’s the sequel to Demon Road by Derek Landy which I read and reviewed last year.

I thought Demon Road was going to be like Supernatural and it kind of was but not really. It did take me a few chapters to get into but once I did I really liked it.

I haven’t read this yet and it’s on my Book Bingo to read this month. I just have to finish reading The City before I can pick out my first book to read. I am looking forward to Desolation though.

My next book was sent to me to review from Hachette New Zealand. I’ve never read a book 7by Jennifer E. Smith before but I keep seeing this online so I thought I’d give it a go.

I’m not too sure what this is about. I think it’s like a treasure hunt of places this couple goes on to see if they want to stay together or not. I might have that completely wrong but it sounds familiar.

I actually forgot to put this on my Book Bingo board so I hope I can squeeze it in somewhere.

Maybe I’ll read it as well as The City because I’m not getting into that as fast as I’d hoped. We’ll see.

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I received the next two books from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review.

When I saw The Winner’s Kiss was available to review I requested a copy without really thinking about it. I have the other two books in the trilogy but haven’t read them. But I do like to marathon a trilogy or series so I’ll be reading and reviewing all three books this month. I love this cover of The Winner’s Kiss. That green is gorgeous!

I’ve never read a book of Emery Lord’s before and don’t know much about her but I liked the sound of this so I requested a copy to review. Hopefully I’ll like it.

9HarperCollins New Zealand also sent me The Orphan Queen to review. I’ve heard really good things about this and the sequel came out recently so I hope to read it soon.

This is another one that I’ve completely forgotten what it’s about. I do like going into books blind sometimes though so I might not look at the synopsis before I read it. I don’t know though. Sometimes it backfires on me and I end up not liking the book.

Fingers crossed it won’t happen this time. I have seen this a lot on Bookstagram and a lot of people I follow liked it. Oh, random fact, The Orphan Queen is the 100th book I’ve got this year. Only four months in and I have too many books.

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Awaken was sent to my by the author to review. I’m not sure if it’s about a siren or a mermaid or a combination of both but it sounded interesting and I love the cover. My photo doesn’t really do it justice.

I really suck. I can read a synopsis and love the sound of the book and then completely forget what the books about when it turns up. I know I could just go onto Goodreads and read all of them again but to be honest I can’t be bothered and I have other things to do after this.

But this book is on Goodreads if you want to look it up.

The last book I received this month was in a promotion type thing for Kelloggs and 11Penguin Random House. If you bought two Kelloggs products and sent photos of your receipts in you could choose a book from the ones available. I was stuck wanting The Jungle Book and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Obviously in the end I chose The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I’ve never read the original stories but I have watched the movie so many times I’ve lost count.

It’s a little smaller than I expected, just over 150 pages so it shouldn’t take me too long to read whenever I get around to it.

I really hate this photo but didn’t have time to take another.

The last thing bookish I got this moth was a bookmark from ConfessionsByCourt on Esty. CgstnmjUkAAOJqKLast month I became a rep for her store and got some awesome bookmarks to promote her store but when I saw this I had to buy it.

I think Courtney has her store on ‘holiday’ at the moment so she can catch up on orders but if you want to buy anything when she opens it up again you can use my discount code to get 15% off – AimeeReads15.

She has some really cute magnetic bookmarks as well as some other wooden ones. Plus, Harry Potte, Supernatural and Star Wars ones. This one is a Stormtrooper/Alice one and I love it.

So, that’s my wrap up for another month. I’ll hopefully be reading some of these soon. My next post will be my April Wrap Up and May TBR if you want to check it out.

– Aimee.

April Book Haul.

11160160_10155386362080018_1899935352_nThis month I got a total of 19 books. This is the most books I’ve gotten in a month all year. I doubt I’ll be getting as much next month.

The first book I got was from a giveaway on Instagram, a signed copy of Vanishing 11180136_10155386413980018_89601547_nGirls by Lauren Oliver. I’d read a book last year of hers and there was a chapter of this in the back. I never read it because it was a year till it’s release so I decided to wait.

I haven’t read it yet. But the cover is so pretty. This is the first Lauren Oliver book that I own. In Vanishing Girls two sisters have an accident and one, Dara, comes out scarred. Then she goes missing and her sister Nick thinks she just playing around. That’s until a second girl goes missing and Nick thinks the disappearances are connected. Now Nick has to find her sister before it’s too late.

I have flipped through it and there are photos on some of the pages. Hopefully I’ll read it soon.

11195313_10155386415455018_1411554320_nThe next books I got were in the Easter Sales. Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights and Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven and Other Tales.

I decided to read more classics and this were on sale so I couldn’t resist. All three came to $12.50 NZD. The covers are a lot brighter in person. I’m not going to go into all three books because they’ve been around awhile. I’m not sure when I’ll be in the mood to read them. I have to be in the right head space for these.

I’ve decided to buy the new editions of the Harry Potter books that came out. My ones are 11128393_10155386415995018_2105713198_ngetting a bit destroyed every time I read them. Plus, these copies are so pretty. I have the original copies in hardback so I decided to get these editions in paperback. Even though the hardback are gorgeous. I will get the others in the series but I’m in no rush yet. I want to finish getting another series first and then I’ll pick up the other Harry Potter books.

The covers are so good though. I love them. Dobby is on the back of Chamber of Secrets, he’s adorable.

11122062_10155386418050018_621956470_nThe next books I got are pretty random. I’ve wanted to read Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys for awhile. I finally decided to get a copy from Book Depository. Then I got Solitaire by Alice Oseman (which I’ve read) and Falling into Place by Amy Zhang.

I’m not sure if I’ll like Between Shades of Gray or Falling into Place but I decided to get them anyway. I hope I do like them.

Solitaire and Falling into Place were on sale in the same Easter sale. I think they came to $7.50 NZD which is why I couldn’t pass them up even if I don’t like them.

I started to get the Little Black Classics this month too. When I went into the bookstores 11117947_10155386421320018_910279608_nnear where I live they didn’t have any so I had to order them in. They’d never even heard of them. Over here they’re $3 each. I went through the list of 80 books that were released for Penguin’s 80th anniversary and I’m only interested in 15 of them. As I already have Edgar Allen Poe’s stories in another edition I won’t be getting the Little Black Classic version.

The ones I have so far are –
Jason and Medea by Apollonius of Rhodes
The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Andersen
Circles of Hell by Dante
The Beautiful Cassandra by Jane Austen
The Great Winglebury Duel by Charles Dickens
The Great Fire of London by Samuel Pepys
Leonardo da Vinci by Giorgio Vasari
It was snowing butterflies by Charles Darwin and
Circe and the Cyclops by Homer.
I still have a few more on my list to order but I will not be getting all 80.

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The last book I got this month is Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long that I just decided to give in and buy it. I got it from Book Depository because in the shops over here the paperback version is $25 and when I checked online the hardback was $20 and it just didn’t make sense to get the paperback. Obviously the paperback was cheaper at Book Depository too but the hardback was so pretty.

I haven’t read it yet but it’s on my to read pile for next month. I’ve been hearing really good things about it so I hope it doesn’t let me down. I cannot wait to read it. This is definitely my favourite book purchase of this month!

So that’s my book haul. I decided not to give a description of every book or this blog post would be way too long.

Have you read any of these books? What was your favourite book you got in April?

– Aimee